Post # 1
Hi NY WeddingBees! Anyone have a suggestion of where in Manhattan Fiance and I could host an engagement party? Guests would include parents, close family members, bridal party and some close friends — approximately 30 people total. Can’t decide if a sit-down dinner is realistic for such a large party, so we might do a mingling/passed food and drink type of night. Budget would be MAX. $85-$100 per person including food and drinks, but preferably less if possible. Nothing too formal as our families are pretty laid back. The goal is really to allow families and friends from upstate and Long Island to meet, mingle and get to know each other.
Post # 3
maybe l’asso downtown? they have nice, fancy pizza, salads and pasta and a liquor license, so I can’t imagine it would be that expensive, and it seems like a good size for a party of about 30-40 people mingling with some option to sit down.
if you want something fancier, colors restaurant’s private party person is really helpful and very open to working with a budget (though they would be at the very top of or over your budget unless you just went for passed food which I think is 28pp/per hour plus more for bar). plus it’s an employee owned business, which is just awesome.
Post # 4
We went to a champagne bar in Gramercy for a friend’s engagement party and it turned out pretty nicely!
Pretty classy and definitely less than your budget (as long as nobody goes nuts drinking).
Post # 5
We did a family style italian dinner for our rehearsal dinner – at Cascina on 44th & 9th. We used their private room (upstairs) and it was great and the space is perfect for 30 people (we had 48). The decor is very rustic but the place has a good atmosphere.
I also had my husband’s 30th bday at CHOICE Kitchen (20’s on the east side) in their back room and had appetizers and drinks. More casual than Cascina but still a lot of fun!
Post # 6
I would recommend Essex down in LES. They have a private area upstairs that you could rent out. My cousin had his engagement party there and it was so much fun. It is however catered to the younger crowd as you will find many 20-30 year olds there on Friday nights. Their website is http://www.essexnyc.com
Post # 7
If you like dancing, why not Swing 46, which is a dinner and dance club. I’m sure they can block off a section for your group. http://www.swing46.com
I’ve heard the http://www.thefatblackpussycat.com is really good. They’re affliated with Cafe Wha, and tend to have great like music. You can see if you can get their private room.
Post # 8
Tony’s DiNapoli (http://www.tonysdinapoli.com/) has great food and very reasonable prices. It’s pretty casual, but you will have room in your budget left to add floral centerpieces, votives, or other decor! It was ~$65pp for a hearty menu and open bar for two hours. You can see the full catering option menu (with pricing) online.
Post # 9
I had my engagement party at a place called Borough in the Flatiron District (I think it’s 22nd St at Park Ave). The event coordinator was easy enough to work with, nothing great. But the venue and food were awesome! We rented the back room which was closed off from the restaurant by a curtain and had access to the billards room. The food is sort-of southern/comfort food, but very tasty. Everyone loved it! Most of all, my fiance and I loved it 🙂
Post # 10
ALEO on 20th between 5 and 6 is where my Fiance and I are having ours in a few weeks. The staff is great to work with, the space is nice and the price very affordable. We can’t wait to have our party.
Post # 11
Stella Restaurant and Lounge in South Street Seaport, on Front Street. I had my engagement party there and the space was very intimate and everyone had a lot of fun!! The space is great for private parties!
Post # 12
There’s a great little restaurant called Freeman’s that has a back room with a bar that could be reserved within your budget. The place is uniquely decorated with tealit candles, black & white photos of old presidents, a fireplace, antiqued mirrors, little seating nooks with curved back benches, antlers on walls – it’s a cross between a hunting lodge and if Anthropologie had a restaurant this is what it would look like. I’ve been there 4 times and have tried the filet mignon, the monkfish, the trout, and they used to have a really tasty roast chicken and every single time the service has been delightful and the food delicious. The artichoke dip is melt in your mouth AMAZING!!! This is once of my favorites in NYC 🙂 http://freemansrestaurant.com/Restaurant.html